O LORD, you have searched me and known me.
Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my thoughts.
See if there is any wicked way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting. (Psalm 139:1, 23–24)
The psalmist opens this song with the declaration that God has already searched her and knows her, searched us and knows us. Yet she concludes the song with a request (or demand) for God to search her and know her, to search us and know us. It’s an indication that the life of faith is ongoing; we are all works in progress. This constant process of searching and knowing, testing and seeing is all for the purpose of journeying with God, who is leading us. So let us follow faithfully. – rc